The phenomenon is now recognised by the World Health Organisation.
19 January 2020| Last updated on 20 January 2020
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Burnout is said to cause a wide range of physical and emotional conditions, and now it has been linked to irregular heartbeats.
The research has been published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, and is part of a new wave of studies into the phenomenon.
This new study found “vital exhaustion is associated with an increased risk of incident atrial fibrillation” – a heart condition that causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heartbeat.
In other words, the symptoms of burnout may put you at a higher risk of arrhythmia, or heart rhythm problems. While most people with an abnormal heart rhythm can lead a normal life if properly diagnosed, having it does mean your risk of stroke is five times higher, according to the British NHS.
So what actually is burnout, and what are the signs you might have it? We asked the experts to find out more…